PG&E charged with manslaughter stemming from 2020 California wildfire

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Pacific Gas & Electric has been charged with murder and other crimes in connection with last year’s Northern California wildfires, which killed four people and burned hundreds of homes. The Associated Press Report.

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why it matters: The utility company has faced hundreds of lawsuits and filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019 after it was discovered that its equipment was responsible for several devastating fires, per the AP.

  • PG&E pleaded guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter from the 2018 Paradise wildfire started by the neglected electrical grid last year. The fire was the deadliest in a century, the AP notes.
  • The allegations come as another fire in Redding, California – known as the Fawn Fire – has forced More than 2,500 people to evacuate their homes.

big picture: PG&E was charged with 31 counts, including 11 felony counts. Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridget said the company was “criminally liable” for last year’s fire, per AP.

  • In March, state investigators discovered that the fire – known as the Zog Fire – originated from a gray pine tree that had fallen on a PG&E transmission line.
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